April Lee Pease

Pease, circa 2009; Tattoo on Pease's abdomen; Cedric Marks

  • Missing Since 03/17/2009
  • Missing From Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 02/15/1979 (40)
  • Age 30 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'3, 120 pounds
  • Medical Conditions Pease has a long-term substance abuse problem. She was clean at the time of her disappearance, however.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Pease has a mole near her right eye. She has a tattoo of a small butterfly on her left buttock and a tattoo of a swirl design on her abdomen around her navel. A photo of the abdomen tattoo is posted with this case summary.

Details of Disappearance

Pease was last seen in Bloomington, Minnesota on March 17, 2009. She has never been heard from again. She had recently moved to Minnesota to get treatment for her addiction and to get away from her former boyfriend, Cedric Marks. Her mother said she had gotten clean and seemed to be doing well. She was not reported missing for several months.

Peace was in a bitter custody dispute Marks at the time of her disappearance. When she failed to show up for court about the custody issue on March 20, three days after her disappearance, Marks speculated she had relapsed. He was awarded custody of their son and wasn't considered a suspect in Pease's disappearance at the time.

In January 2019, another of Marks's former girlfriends, Jenna Scott, disappeared with her friend Michael Swearingin from Temple, Texas. Scott had gotten a protective order against Marks, saying he had threatened her and her family and had choked her and thrown her out of his car. The order was not made permanent, however.

In August 2018, Marks had been charged with burglary after he allegedly broke into Scott's house. Marks was arrested in Michigan on the outstanding burglary charge. A photo of him is posted with this case summary. His current girlfriend, Maya Maxwell, was arrested on the same charge, and his wife, Ginell McDonough, was arrested for harboring a fugitive; she allegedly helped Marks hide from the police.

Two weeks after they vanished, Scott and Swearingin's bodies were found buried in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma. Marks was charged with their murders and extradited to Texas. Pease's mother believes Marks was responsible for her daughter's disappearance as well.

Authorities said they would be reinvestigating Pease's disappearance in light of the later homicides. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Bloomington Police Department 952-888-4401

Source Information

Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated February 16, 2019; picture added, details of disappearance updated.